This website serves Smallford residents and provides information about Smallford’s past, present and future. Smallford and its surrounding areas are steeped in history, including the aerodrome at Hatfield, De Havilland’s airplane manufacture, the world’s first jet airliner (the Comet) and much more.
Welcome to the Smallford Station & Alban Way Heritage Society homepage. On this site you will find all the latest information about the society, workshops and associated activities in one handy place. If you’d like to get involved or find out more, click the button below!
Smallford Residents’ Association (incorporating Sleapshyde) announcements and information will be posted on this website. Please check it frequently for important news and updates. Here, you will find information about planning proposals, objections, and much more that concern the local community.
We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident the project will support many local people in following and developing their interests in a wide range of areas – e.g. researching, interviewing, creating videos, designing exhibitions, developing a website, writing stories. We are particularly excited at the thought of finding people who recall the station and branch line when they were operating and capturing their memories for posterity!Jeff Lewis
Latest Smallford News
Latest news for the local community of Smallford
Britain From Above presents the unique Aerofilms collection of aerial photographs covering much of Britain between 1914 and the late 1950’s. The image above shows Smallford Station in full along the Hatfield-St Albans branch line complete with train in siding and several wagons present. The humpback road bridge is clearly visible too as are many further details.read more
A compilation of some of the activities celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the opening of the Hatfield-St Albans Railway Line - now the Alban Way cycle and footpath - held on Sunday 18th October 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgBQHELqEaQ Thanks to Mike Cobart...read more
Your very own guide to the former railway route between Hatfield Station and St Albans
Abbey Station, and the landscapes and buildings close to the line. This brochure is published by the Smallford Group: “Bringing the History of Smallford Station to Life” October 2015.
Now the celebrations are behind us, we’re getting back to what has become three separate, but associated, projects: ‘Bringing the History of Smallford Station to Life’ Continuing our heritage research and sharing our findings on our website. If you know of anyone who recalls the station and/or railway line when it was operating, we’d love to hear their stories and, ifread more
As many visitors to our website may recall, what is now The Alban Way was once the Hatfield-St Albans Railway. The Line opened on 16th October 1865, 150 years ago, and, to celebrate this anniversary, we organised a range of free events – with publicity flyers distributed to over 4000 local homes!read more
The flier above was delivered to many homes along and close to the St Albans section of The Alban Way during the week beginning 5th October, Whether-or-not you received one, knowing about it could be a good reason to celebrate! The Alban Way is what remains of the Hatfield-St Albans Railway Line. This October will see the 150th Anniversary of the opening of this line and, guess what – we’re planning some celebrations – and you’d be very welcome to join us!read more